The discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe in what concerns direct democracy is shocking and absurd in this day and age. Current electoral systems in Southern Europe are an assault on the ideal of a modern democracy.
Every year millions of Americans are summoned to jury service. Yet, no organized, centralized space exists to collect or share what jurors think about this experience. Juror voices are lost. And, this is a loss for the court system and American democracy.
It took cajoling for California to take a healthy step forward to help more people register to vote. It will take a chorus of community voices, now and in the weeks to come, to maximize the grassroots response and maintain the momentum.
That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.
City and town dwellers have a major interest in the affairs of the communities that surround them. This is particularly the case of those who have become their permanent legal residents, even if they have not earned a national citizenship.
With cities like it, including Chicago, San Francisco and other urban pioneers setting the bar high, it is now high time for more cities across the country to ask their best and brightest for new solutions to usher us all into the era of gov 2.0.
Given the multitude of perplexing challenges that our democracy faces today, it is vitally important -- if not imperative -- that we support colleges and universities in their work to educate future citizens.
Precisely because of the magnitude of the problems they face, cities are increasingly emerging as the most fertile grounds for creating change. They are the laboratories in which many of the world's most intractable challenges will be solved.
A recent report on the state of Millennials' civic participation indicates that the generation's interest in taking part in political activities is constrained by the underlying skepticism of many Millennials about the transparency and fairness of the country's current political system.
The Dream Freedom Revival's performance is one example of what Imagining America is all about: catalyzing and organizing a revival in American higher education that emboldens scholars and students to join with others in their communities to do the public work of democracy.
Why do so many communities fail to grow in good economic times and remain durable in downturns? What are the gaps between our immediate surroundings and our ability to significantly affect them for the better?
I believe those investing in the durability of communities can learn from the advent of App Stores. The most cost-efficient and effective solutions will rise up where constraints exists and creativity thrives.
Lost in the election's afterglow for Democrats and deep funk of Republicans is the hard work to be done and how the president's success -- which, by definition, is the country's success -- depends on how many of us will have the president's back for the next four years.
The debate over immigration reform often boils down to a tug-of-war between those who want more enforcement and those who want a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But comprehensive reform requires addressing far more than these two issues.
Four years later, I feel like I've disappointed the president more than he's disappointed me. I've turned off the news and ignored countless emails from Joe, Michelle, David Plouffe, somebody named Susan at the DNC.
On September 17, the U.S. celebrated Citizenship Day, recognizing those who have become U.S. citizens. It is a day that unites all Americans, in commemoration of our immigrant heritage and our commitment to the United States.
Communities with more civic engagement in 2006 suffered less from unemployment during and after the Great Recession, even when other possible explanations were factored in. Nonprofit organizations played an important role.